Genesis Chapter 28- Jacob sees a vision from the Lord of a Stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and angels were ascending and descending on it.
When I first read about Jacob’s vision of a “stairway to heaven,” I was stoked. I was in high school at the time and my favorite band back then was Led Zeppelin. I was excited to know that there is a stairway to heaven, but I wasn’t sure what exactly this stairway vision meant. Here is what I found:
Jesus himself is that stairway.
John 1:51 – Jesus says that heaven will open and the angles of God will be ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. Jesus is the Son of Man; he applied that messianic title to himself numerous times in his ministry..
What’s the significance of Jesus being a stairway?
Isaiah 59:2 – “But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you.”
John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ, who gave himself as a ransom for all men.”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
All of this means that Christ is the stairway that bridges the void between God and us. The wages of sin is death and Christ took our sins upon himself and died in our place. And unlike the Zeppelin song, you can not buy the stairway to heaven. It is free. It is a gift to you, received through faith. Ephesians 2:5 – “For it is by grace you are saved, through faith- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.” John 3:16-17 – “For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.”
Also, the Led Zeppelin song has a line that says, “Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run There’s still time to change the road you’re on.” There are many religious paths that people can follow, but as the verses indicate, salvation comes only through faith in Jesus. If you believe that Jesus is the Stairway to Heaven, then you have a calling, and a command from God, to share this message with others. If you do not believe Jesus is the Stairway, I’d encourage you to study more about Jesus, his life, work, and claims, because there are multiple paths, and there is still time to change the one you are on.